Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2017: Unite To Uphold Our Civil Rights

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2017, a multimedia, multicultural program supporting civil rights for everyone, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

“The experience of the Japanese American community serves as a stark reminder to our country to protect civil rights for all and stand against bigotry so that what happened to our community will never happen again to anyone, anywhere,” said Richard Katsuda of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR).

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2016 Day of Remembrance At Manzanar NHS – Religious Freedom Confined: Spiritual Practice Under the WCCA and WRA

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Please join us at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 19 OR Saturday, February 20, for a special presentation in honor of the 2016 Day of Remembrance when Manzanar Park Ranger Rose Masters will present, Religious Freedom Confined: Spiritual Practice Under the WCCA and WRA.

When the Wartime Civil Control Administration (WCCA) and later, the War Relocation Authority (WRA), forcibly confined more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast of the United States, these government entities claimed they intended to uphold the constitutional promise of religious freedom. Ranger Rose’s presentation aims to clarify if this intention matched the reality of spiritual practices in the camps. Which religious practices were allowed? Which were limited or forbidden? What does a concept like freedom of religion mean when it must reside within Manzanar—a place very much defined by freedoms our government wrongfully revoked?

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Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2015: E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System Today

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance (DOR) program will be held on Saturday, February 21, at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

The DOR continues to be dedicated to commemorating the impact of E.O. 9066 on the Issei, Nisei and subsequent generations of Japanese Americans. It also seeks to demonstrate how the government’s World War II violations of civil liberties and human rights toward one ethnic group- based solely on race, relates to today’s political and social milieu.

The 2015 program’s theme, E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System Today, was inspired by both the traditional commemorative nature of the DOR and the current critical issues of how the United States justice system continues to harm communities of color with unaccountable police violence, profiling and mass incarceration.

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Day of Remembrance Program at Manzanar NHS: Alan Miyatake, February 17-18, 2013

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — On February 17-18, 2013, join special guest docent Alan Miyatake at Manzanar National Historic Site to hear about the life and work of his grandfather, Toyo Miyatake, and to view Robert Nakamura’s award-winning film, Infinite Shades of Gray.

This special program is being held in honor of the Day of Remembrance, an annual observation of the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which enabled the forced removal of more than 110,000 United States citizens or residents of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast in 1942.

On May 9, 1942, Toyo Miyatake, his wife Hiro, and their four children, arrived at Manzanar. With a lens and film holder hidden in his luggage, Toyo was determined to record camp life. Eventually, he was permitted to open a photo studio and captured thousands of images of the people and place.

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